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Text #34

Kronk. Cometography: A Catalog of Comets. Series: Cometography. Vol. 1
[p. 11]

The only ancient account of this “long-tailed star” appears in the Shih chi (-90). It says the comet was seen in the west sometime during the month of -153 February 6 to March 6. The western location might indicate it was in the evening sky. Chronologically, this account followed an event dated February 27, so this may indicate the comet was seen after that date.

Full moon: February 19

Text #35

Yeomans. Comets

154 BC, February, China, a tailed star comet was seen in the west. Ho, (29)

Text #9301

Pankenier & Xu & Jiang. Archaeoastronomy in East Asia

3rd year of the Qianyuan reign period of Emperor Jing of the Han Dynasty, 1st month, day yisi [42]; a “long star” emerged in the west.1

  1. Ho (1962) gave an incomplete date. [nE]

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